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West Valley Detention Center


San Bernardino County Sheriff Specialized Investigative Division is  conducting a death investigation ____   Early morning Wednesday, March 6, 2019,  at West Valley Detention Center, Sheriff Deputies entered the cell of the victim, Perla Alvarado, to clean it.  The Deputies believed that Alvarado was asleep, however, noticed that she was unresponsive and cold to the touch.  Medical staff arrived and rendered life-saving measures; however, she was pronounced deceased. Alvarado was housed in a one-person cell.  

San Bernardino County Sheriff Homicide Investigators responded to the detention center to conduct the investigation.  

 Perla Alvarado had been arrested on February 27, 2019, for PC368(B)(1) Elder Abuse.   

An autopsy will be conducted by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.   

No additional information is available for release at this time.  Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.


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Anyone with information regarding to this investigation

is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Eric Stoll at (909)387-3589.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the

We-Tip Hotline at (800)78-CRIME or


JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department